In the news: statins rationed; GP "crisis"; consultation on HIV drugs
As part of the daily round up, Primary Care Today looks at the leading healthcare stories in today's news
Posted: 11 August 2016
Statins being rationed by NHS in "desperate" bid to save cash
Statins costing just pennies are being rationed by the NHS in measures "born out of desperation", leading doctors have warned.
The decision to restrict the heart drugs was last night attacked by health watchdogs, who said wider prescribing of medication had been recommended to stop "lives being destroyed".
The restrictions emerged amid growing concern about rationing across the NHS, with increasing limits on surgery for cataracts, and hip and knee operations, as the health service faces the worst financial crisis in history.
Nearly 90 per cent of GP surgery staff struggling with stress, charity warns
A leading mental health charity has expressed concern over the "worrying" levels of stress seen among people who work in GP surgeries.
Almost nine in 10 family doctors, practice nurses and reception staff find their work life stressful - leading to 43% considering resigning, according to a survey by the charity Mind.
And one in 10 said workplace stress has led to suicidal thoughts.
Concerns about care and costs top GP complaints
A study of complaints initiated by Leo Varadkar when he was a trainee GP has found cost and communications to be among doctors' biggest flaws.
The Social Protection Minister began the academic research which has involved the review of over 200,000 patients consultations while a student in 2008.
After finishing his training other apprentice doctors took over the work and the final outcomes have just been published in recent days.
Complaints were received from 131 individuals, regarding 125 patients - but only one in three actually came from the patient themselves.
NHS launches consultation on HIV-preventing drugs after losing legal battle
NHS England has launched a consultation into the future of HIV-preventing PrEP drugs, after a legal bid overruled a claim not to be responsible for the issue.
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) drug Truvada can reduce people’s chances of being infected with HIV by up to 99 percent if taken daily – and is available in a number of countries to at-risk groups including sex workers, gay men, and people in serodiscordant relationships.
Health experts say rolling out PrEP in the UK would be cost-effective if it leads to even a small reduction in HIV infections, as the lifetime cost of just one HIV infection can be up to £380,000.
Junior doctors offered £20k to come to Aberdeen in bid to ease “crisis”
Trainee GPs will be handed extra payments of £20,000 each in a bid to get them to work in Aberdeen.
In an effort to solve the recruitment crisis in the city, bursaries are to be offered by the Scottish Government to junior doctors in addition to their NHS salary of £31,000.
NHS Grampian has revealed the new pilot scheme will see three trainee GPs drafted to Aberdeen, receiving the cash on the understanding that they remain here for three years while they work towards becoming fully qualified.